Best dimensions for birdhouse

When you’re constructing a new birdbox or buying one, the overall dimensions are critical in determining which species of bird will be attracted to your new birdhouse. Also critical is the hole size.

Use these dimensions to increase your chance of attracting our feathered friends. The box dimensions don’t have to be exact to the fraction of an inch, and you can vary the height placement somewhat, but you should use the correct hole size. While you can paint or stain the exterior of the house it’s best not to use any finish on the inside.

Here is a handy guide to follow for cavity-nesting birds. Look for the bird species you want in your garden and then choose the appropriate birdhouse.

Birdhouse measurements

Birdhouse Dimensions chart
Birdhouse preference chart

Using the right dimensions for your birdhouse is a good start to attract certain species, but you will also want to do a little research as far as placement. Purple martins and bluebirds prefer birdhouses that are in open areas. Most other birds prefer slightly more concealed areas that help camouflage the birdhouse. The parents like branches nearby so they can keep an eye on their family.

Not all birds will follow this chart, so don’t be surprised if another bird decides to nest in a box you intended for someone else!

Amazon sells dozens of different birdboxes if you don’t want to build it yourself. Here are some of their best sellers. Click through to find even more.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Glitzhome GH70279 Oversized Rustic Wooden Metal Birdhouse...
  • Offers your fine feathered friends a cozy home
  • Features a removable clean out panel in the back and oversized design
  • Delightful garden accessory for adding color and interest to your patio...
Bestseller No. 2
joyMerit Set of 3 Natural Birdhouse Wooden Handcrafted Hut...
  • Adds fun and cheer to your home, great to display in your garden or on your...
  • Excellent gift for any bird or nature or lover, or just garden decor.
  • New arts and crafts bird house, novel in shape, meticulous workmanship,...
Bestseller No. 3
Wooden Birdhouse for Crafts (Style 2) Unfinished Natural...
  • Wooden birdhouses to paint. Pixiss brand unfinished natural wood...
  • The perfect craft project for adults and kids. Paint and decorate to hang...
  • Each birdhouse is made of 1/4 inch wood. May need light sanding if you want...
Bestseller No. 4
Plow & Hearth Kingsgate Cottage Lighted Birdhouse, White
  • Kingsgate cottage-style birdhouse with Victorian details and lights
  • Pine and plywood with cedar shingles and interior lights that emit a soft...
  • Automatic timer: 6 hours on, 18 hours off (requires 3 AA batteries, not...
SaleBestseller No. 5
3 Wooden Birdhouse for Crafts (Set 2) Unfinished Natural...
  • 3 Wooden birdhouses to paint. Pixiss brand unfinished natural wood...
  • The perfect craft project for adults and kids. Paint and decorate to hang...
  • Each birdhouse is made of 1/4 inch wood. May need light sanding if you want...

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